Sport: Irishmen with Clubs

Irishmen have always liked to carry clubs, liked to use them in a fight. Their national game, hurling, gives them a chance to do both. The object of hurling is to belabor a lively little leather-covered ball down a 140-yard field into a goal. Each goal has a cross bar eight feet high; when the ball goes under the cross bar, it counts 3 points; over it counts 1. The implements, heavy shillalahs with a blade at one end, are "hurleys." Their resemblance to shinny sticks has caused hurling to be thought of as...

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